The SCBA Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of Historic Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
The Sam Cary Bar Association would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge a historic and unprecedented moment in American history that is long overdue. President Biden’s nomination and the subsequent Senate confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman to sit as a Supreme Court Justice reflects the necessity of the highest court in the land to continue progressing towards a more equitable and diverse body that is consistent with the demographics and varied perspectives of this country.
Not only does Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson possess the requisite knowledge, legal acumen, and experience needed to fulfill the role as the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, but her impressive career and accomplishments make her a distinguished and qualified nominee. She clerked for Justice Breyer before working in the private sector and as a federal public defender, and then served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a district court judge, and now an appeals court judge. Despite Judge Jackson’s qualifications that stand on their own, she has been the target of intense scrutiny and thinly veiled attempts to discredit and disparage her throughout the 20+ hours of questioning during the nomination process. Notwithstanding, Judge Jackson showed grace beyond measure in the face of adversity and her confirmation was presided over by the nation’s first Black female Vice President, Kamala Harris.
The Sam Cary Bar Association expresses immense gratitude to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for her strength and dedication throughout the nomination process. It is with unwavering support that we unequivocally state our support of her nomination and placement as the first Black woman to ever sit on the nation’s highest court in its 232-year history. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court will have such an immense impact on young girls, women, the Black community, practicing and aspiring lawyers, judges and more and it is with great joy that we stand united to honor her today.